“The problem with the world” said the gentleman while peering over his rimless glasses, “is that people don’t care. People are too comfortable in their jobs and too afraid to take risks. And that is why nothing changes.” Have you heard that story also? And doesn’t it make your heart sink if you believe it? Luckily, I realize that this story is not entirely true. Every year as I meet the new DSI cohort I find living proof that people are caring, brave and that parts of the world are slowly changing – for the better.
For the third year in a row, DSI faculty members Marc Rettig and Hannah Du Plessis have, with the help of their students. Pages in the book are student summaries of key topics, concepts, and ideas covered during the Fall 2014 Fundamentals of Design for Social Innovation course. Drawing from course slides, lecture notes, and assigned readings, each student visualizes two topics, which are displayed during DSI’s Winter Show, and then composed into a book.
As our world changes, we feel the turning of times tugging at the certainty and comfort of the known. Sometimes it is necessary to look up from your to-do list and step onto the ledge of uncertainty. For this, we find no place better than the open and peaceful palm of Montana.
Marc Rettig is principal of Fit Associates, where he uses research, guided cultural immersion, and communication design to build bridges between product organizations and the lives of the people they affect. Fit’s work also includes community-building efforts, the nurturing of local food systems, and bridge-building between disconnected elements of society. Marc’s 30-year career has been…